What is Facet Syndrome?
Facet Syndrome is a common cause of back pain. Facet joints are small joints located between each vertebra that stabilize and add flexibility to the spine to accommodate activities such as running and bending. These joints are covered in cartilage that allows each joint to glide over others. Over time or because of an injury, these areas of cartilage can deteriorate as a result of wear and tear. This can lead to growth called “bone spurs,” which in turn causes friction between the bones that can lead to the swelling and stiffness (arthritis).
SYMPTOMS OF FACET SYNDROME
Symptoms of facet syndrome include pain in the morning and at night or when weather changes. If you feel pain radiating to other parts of your body, such as your legs, this may be facet syndrome. You can actually sometimes hear the rubbing of bones when you move as well as observing an abnormal curvature of the spine.
CAUSES OF FACET SYNDROME
Causes include overweight or overuse of your back in sports or heavy labor. An injury to your back or neck because of whiplash can also cause facet syndrome. Doctors usually research your medical history to determine if the symptoms are hereditary. Facet Syndrome usually does not require surgery. Doctors often prescribe pain medications, heat treatment and modified activity to help reduce pain. A doctor may also recommend weight loss and improved posture. Here are some interesting websites if you would like to learn more about facet syndrome:
- Spine-Health: Trust Information for Back Pain
- National Spine and Pain Centers
- Wikipedia (facet syndrome search)
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